Rako Group invests in 11 HP Indigo digital presses

Largest labels and packaging deal

L-R: Andreas Böhm, head of business development; Roger Gehrke, manager digital printing; Matthias Kurtz, managing director; and Jacob Steeger, commercial manager and executive board member of Rako Group

The Rako Group, based in Witzhave in Germany, has purchased two HP Indigo 20000 digital presses and nine HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses, making it the largest labels and packaging deal in HP Indigo’s history, according to HP. The purchase builds on Rako’s existing fleet of HP Indigo digital presses and expands its multi-press, multi-site labels and packaging digital offerings while providing increased capacity to meet customer demands

“For more than a decade we have used HP Indigo digital printing technology to bring value to our customers. HP Indigo remains at the core of our digital strategy, and we trust that these digital press additions will help us in growing together in the future,” said Adrian Tippenhauer, managing director of Rako. “Rako is one of the largest HP Indigo users in labels and packaging and we have worked closely together to help accelerate and expand its digital printing business. Today’s announcement marks a monumental investment that further positions Rako for growth and demonstrates the limitless possibilities with HP Indigo digital printing technology,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager of HP Indigo.

The HP Indigo WS6800 is the flagship model of the HP Indigo WS6000 series and features the new color automation package, an advanced color matching solution leveraging an in-line spectrophotometer to quickly and easily match brand spot colors. Other recently unveiled HP Indigo WS6800 digital press features include a faderesistant ink set, the Michelman DP680 Primer for enhanced media versatility, lower cost of operation and new workflow and finishing integrations.

The HP Indigo 20000 that produces labels and flexible packaging for leading brands won the 2014 InterTech Technology Award for Innovation. HP recently announced a new upgrade package for the HP Indigo 20000 that includes a new slitter, reinsertion capabilities and HP Indigo ElectroInk White formulated specifically for shrink sleeves.

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